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Why Do Bees Swarm Airports?
A swarm of bees kept US Airways Flight 2690 grounded at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport yesterday afternoon for over two hours. The plane, which was heading to Indianapolis, was unable to take off when the swarm surrounded the nose of the plane. Since some people on board were allergic to bees, the passengers were kept on the plane to avoid contact with the insects. A beekeeper was called in to dissolve the dilemma -- an appropriate response to a situation like this since honeybees, which are becoming rapidly endangered, play an instrumental role in agriculture. But this isn't the first time bees have affected air travel, nor will it be the last.
Yesterday's occurrence wasn't the first time swarming bees affected air travel. Here are some other flights affected by bee interference: